Gamesa gets generator contract for Ashta hydropower project in Albania

Spain’s Gamesa has entered into an agreement with the Austrian firm Andritz Hydro for the delivery of 90 permanent magnet generators for the Ashta hydro project, Gamesa reported.

Construction of Albania’s 48-MW Ashta run-of-river hydropower project is on schedule for completion by 2012, developers reported. The hydro project is to be operated by Austrian utility Verbund.

The project is to feature Hydromatrix technology, a trademarked product of Andritz Hydro, employing about 90 small turbine-generators installed in modules, Andritz reported. In this modular system, several small turbine generator units are installed in a matrix-type arrangement, where each individual unit can be operated and maintained separately. The resulting minimization of the required civil structures has significant advantages in terms of space requirements, thus considerably reducing the environmental effects and construction costs of the project, Andritz reported.

Verbund and SPV Energji Ashta broke ground for construction of the Ashta hydropower project, located on Albania’s Drin River in Shkoder District, in 2009.

The hydro project’s estimated cost is EUR 160 million (US$227 million).

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